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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

In the heart of Zululand, in the northwest of KwaZulu-Natal, is the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. It was founded in 1895 to protect the last rhinos in Natal which was already declared wildlife sanctuary in 1897. Thereby Imfolozi is the second oldest game reserve in Africa.


Previously, the reserve of 2 different parks Hluhluwe Park in the north and Imfolozi Park in the south. Because they are joined together and connected by the Corridor Reserve, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is 96 000 hectares now one of the largest parks in South Africa. It's just as beautiful as Kruger and a lot less crowded. The landscape is very diverse with many trees and plants that are still used by the indigenous Zulu for food and medicine. Having once been the exclusive hunting grounds of the famous Zulu King Shaka.


Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is known for its successful rescue of white (wide-lip) rhinoceros, because of hunting, which was threatened with extinction. There were only about 20 rhinos when the specialists of the Game Capture Unit with their "Operation White Rhino" kept the rhino from extinction. Meanwhile, there are more than 1 400 white and 300 black rhinos. Besides the white rhino there is also the protected black (point-lip) rhinoceros.


Flora and fauna:
Hluhluwe: hilly, grassland and dense undergrowth.
Imfolozi: is flatter, drier and barer than Hluhluwe.


Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has a lot of big and small game; lion, giraffe, elephant, zebra, white and black rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, Nile crocodile, warthog, impala, nyala, waterbuck, wildebeest, kudu, duiker, cheetah, hyena, blue wildebeest, genet, bush babies and several goats.


The diversity in the park has more than 300 species of birds recorded including very special and rare: Bateleur, ground hornbill, white-backed vulture, Rudd Apalis, Pink throated Twin spot (astrild), Lemon-breasted Canary (Canary), Green Coucal (cuckoo), Southern Banded snake Eagle (serpent eagle), Secretary bird (secretary bird), Black winged Plovers (plover), Honey Buzzard (Honey Buzzard), African Broadbill (wide beak), thousands of waterfowl, ducks and egrets.


Activities:
Game drive with your own car, various hides and viewpoints, guided hikes, day and night game drives, boat trip on the Hluhluwe River. In the Centenary Game Capture Centre you can walk around with a guide, there is an information center and a museum.


Wilderness area is an area of ​​30 000 ha where there are no roads. It is located in southern Imfolozi. Here the weekend wilderness trail is organized. It is available from mid-March - mid-December. This is a three-day hike in the heart of the area under supervision of an experienced game ranger. You spend your nights in a tent.